Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Tuesday said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Bani Gala residence will be the first property to be regularised during the hearing of a case related to illegal construction in the suburbs of the federal capital.
Addressing the premier’s counsel, Babar Awan, the chief justice said it was not a political statement and if the premier’s property is not regularised as per existing rules, “the prime minister will be the first to pay a fine”.
Justice Nisar further said that construction in Bani Gala violates town planning procedures but to demolish such structures would not be justified.
The chief justice’s remarks came as he headed a bench of the Supreme Court hearing a case regarding encroachments and environmental degradation in Bani Gala. The bench directed that a committee with special powers be formed under the chairmanship of the interior secretary to ensure the regularisation of properties in Bani Gala.
The committee will include Capital Development Authority chairman and secretaries of the ministries of housing, local government and climate change and will submit its report in 10 days.